RIAT launches weekly participation updates with Spanish Harrier announcement

The Royal International Air Tattoo (19th-21st July 2024) has begun its traditional weekly aircraft participation updates as the build-up to this year’s show gathers pace.

Updates are published to the show’s website each Thursday at midday, detailing the latest additions to the line up and giving news on the state of discussions with interested air forces.

The first update, published today (Thursday 8th February) confirmed the return of a Spanish Navy EAV-8B Harrier II for the flying display, as well as a Finnish Air Force F/A-18C Hornet and British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter for the static display. This adds to the already-confirmed Canadian CF-188A Hornet demonstration, which was announced in a one off update in early December.

Spanish Harriers have become an increasingly frequent visitor to the UK, flying solo displays at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 and 2018, performing a two-ship display in 2019 (as well as a solo display at Yeovilton in the same year) and returning to RIAT for a solo display in 2023. Last year, the Harrier also paired up with an RAF F-35B Lightning for formation flypasts.

Updates will continue weekly until July.